WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

Sawyer Prize

DEPT. OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

The John W. Sawyer Prize in Computer Science

In 1993, the department of mathematics and computer science established the John W. Sawyer Prize in Computer Science, which is awarded in his honor annually to a senior.

Dr. John Wesley “Jack” Sawyer received his bachelor’s degree (1938) and MA (1941) from Wake Forest, and his Ph.D from the University of Missouri in 1951. He returned to Wake Forest to join the Math department in 1956, the year Wake moved to Winston-Salem. His consulting work for Reynolds Tobacco beginning in the 1950‘s led to some of the earlier practical applications of operations research in business, which in turn led to his induction as a Fellow AAAS. He was instrumental in bringing computing and computer instruction into the Wake Forest curriculum. He was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame for his service to Wake Forest Athletics and to intercollegiate athletics in general. He was Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA for Wake Forest for 28 years, and served as President of the Atlantic Coast Conference four times and as an NCAA vice-president after extensive work on multiple NCAA committees. Jack Sawyer died in his sleep on July 13, 2013. He was 95.

Dr. John Wesley “Jack” Sawyer

Recipients of the John W. Sawyer Prize

1994

Michael Byron Graham

1995

Boyanka Atanassova Radenska

1996

No Recipient

1997

Brian Lawrence Dimmick

1998

David Theon Marshburn, II

1999

Keeley Patricia Chorn

2000

Justin Andrew Hayes

2001

Jason Paul Rajtar

2002

Mason Fox Matthews

2003

Patrick Stuart Wheeler

2004

Jeffrey Stephen Shirley

2005

Joseph Victor Antrosio

2006

Emily Nicole Leonhardt

2007

Todd Andrew Ramsey

2008

 Patrick James Kruse

2009

Thomas Andrew Davis

2010

Matthew Ryan Steen

2011

Rachel Ann Black

2012

Richard Gabriel Freedman

2013

Gavin Douglas Borg

2014

Benjamin Maxwell Walsh

2015

Riana Jordan Freedman

2016

Shelby Lena Lockhart

2017

Matthew Robert McNiece

2018

Sajant Anand and Ruidan Li

2019

Katherine Juarez